With the time to plant spring flowers rapidly approaching, it is often considered to be the season of colour that most gardeners wait patiently all year for.
No matter where you live in Australia, it’s fair to say that most of us can feel that spring is just around the corner. With most of the frosts finally behind us, the days are starting to get longer – and warmer. For gardeners, this often signals that it’s time to get back into their veggie patches, flower beds and even dusting off their lawn mowers.
However, it also means that it’s time to think about what to plant, and when to plant it – particularly when it comes to spring flowers. Thankfully, the good news is that there’s still time to plant a range of varieties now so that you can have a range of blooms ready to rumble as soon as the seasons change.
What To Plant Now To Achieve Spring Flowers
The Australian landscape and climate can be divided into roughly six categories – subtropical, wet and dry tropical, dry inland, temperate, the cool southern tableland, and Mediterranean. What grows best in one area may not necessarily translate to another, so doing your research when it comes to knowing what to plant – and when – certainly does pay off in the long run when it comes to giving your soon to arrive flowers the best possible shot at a healthy life cycle.
Subtropical – South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales
Pansies, violas, primulas, kalanchoe, snapdragons, marigolds, poppies, calendula, gerbera, begonia, daisies, chrysanthemum, petunias, lavender, and lily of the valley.
Wet And Dry Tropical – North Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia
Ageratum, aster, balsam, calla lilies, canna, carnation, celosia, chrysanthemum, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, hibiscus, geranium, gerbera, kangaroo paw, marigold, petunia, and sunflowers.
Dry Inland – Arid or Outback Areas in Central Australia
Balsam, cineraria silver dust, coleus, cosmos, dianthus, geranium, gerbera, kangaroo paw, marigold, nasturtium, portulaca, rudbeckia, snapdragon, sunflower, torenia, and zinnia.
Temperate – Victoria, Sydney and Coastal New South Wales
Canterbury bells, cineraria, daisy, daphne, delphinium, hollyhock, larkspur, lavender, lily of the valley, lupin, pansies, poppy, primula, schizanthus, snapdragon, snow drops, and violas.
Cool Southern Tablelands – Tasmania, Melbourne and Cool Highland Regions
Alyssum, aquilegia, begonia, calendula, daisy, daphne, delphinium, dianthus, erigeron, foxglove, geranium, hollyhock, larkspur, lavender, pansy, snapdragon, snowdrops, and violas.
Mediterranean – Adelaide and Perth
Cineraria, cleome, cyclamen, forget-me-not, lobelia, lupin, marigold, osteospermum, pansy, primula, snowdrops, verbena, wallflower, winter honeysuckle and zinnia.
Alternatively, if you’re considering tackling bulbs as a means to encourage spring flowers, make sure that you pay careful attention to the flowering guide. For some popular varieties, the ship has sailed as they would have needed to be added to the ground by autumn. For others, there is still time if you would like to add varieties of hyacinths or daffodils to your flower beds.
Ultimately, giving your spring flowers their best possible shot is usually done by preventative measures. Use this time to clean up any winter debris, prune any unruly plants that you’ve ‘let go’ during the cooler months, and take care to ensure that the soil in your garden beds or backyard is ready to rumble for any new additions – but how exactly does one do that?
Giving Your Garden A Boost For Spring Flowers
Do your plants – and yourself – a favour, and give them a head start by optimising your soil prior to planting. By adding a natural plant food like Biotic Booster, this will help your garden to:
- Provide essential nutrients and microbes
- Act as a liquid fertiliser to unlock your soil’s potential
- Drought proof your plants and lower water consumption
- Increase and speed up the germination process
- Assist in protecting your plants from pests and diseases
- Provide an organic solution that’s safe to use with herbs, fruit and veggies
If you’re ready to take the leap into improving the health of your plants while minimising the use of chemical based fertilisers this Spring, then it may be time to try a natural plant food and plant probiotics. Our Ultimate Garden Health Pack includes our Biotic Booster, FP-60 Probiotic Spray and RE-250 Soil Energiser plant probiotic products. In each concentrated bottle, millions of natural bacterias are waiting to find a new home in your garden.
Here at Bioweed, we specialise in environmentally friendly gardening products, including herbicides, plant probiotics, and natural alternatives to traditional gardening solutions. Should you have any questions about how to improve the sustainability of your garden or even what to plant in Spring, get in touch with us today.